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Cold snap in US makes housing more pressing

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As the weather gets colder in New Jersey, the main priority now is finding shelter for those left homeless by Sandy.

Less than a million households remain without power, down from 2.7 million in the aftermath of the superstorm.

But it is estimated up to 40 thousand people will need short and long-term shelter.

“We don’t have a lot of empty housing in this city,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters, “so its really a problem to find housing when we need it. We are not going to let anyone go sleeping in the streets, nor are we going to let anyone go without blankets, food and water but its a challenge and we’re working on it as fast as we can.”

At Breezy Point in Queens, reclamation work is now underway. The Fire Department is helping locals clear away the debris that is all that remains of their homes, destroyed by a fire whipped up by Sandy’s winds. Freezing temperatures are expected at the start of the week.